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Pastor fakes own kidnap to demand N3m from members

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A Methodist Church priest, Peter Adewuyi, has been arrested by Police in Ekiti for allegedly faking his own kidnap to collect ransom from church members and other individuals.

A police source said on Wednesday that the 31-year-old priest reportedly booked a hotel room in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, and hid from public view from where he and his accomplice, Sunday Adewole, were making calls to the members of the public to pay ransom for his release.

The source said Mr Adewole was also arrested after they allegedly made a demand of N3 million as ransom.

The Methodist priest was tracked to a location near FirstBank in Okeyinmi area of Ado-Ekiti where he went to pick the ransom.

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During interrogation, the priest was said to have confessed to having masterminded his own kidnap and demanded N3 million ransom.

The two suspects are in detention at the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) of Ekiti police headquarters.

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